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$1100 Gaming/Video Editing PC

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January 16, 2010 9:51:54 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the month hopefully.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, and Internet Surfing.

BUDGET RANGE: Up to $1100

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Monitor and Speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, TigerDirect or any other reputable site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel or AMD I don't care too much.(Well I did kinda want an i5 :p )

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I've never done it before but I might try it.

SLI or CROSSFIRE: Only if it's cheaper and better then a single GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1650x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build. Any thoughts? Which would be better the AMD or Intel build? Also should I wait for Fermi to come out before getting the GPU?



PARTS: (Intel Build)

CPU and Cooler combo: i5 750 and Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.296096

Mobo: ASUS P7P55D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131404

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

PSU: CORSAIR 650TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

GPU: I'm going to wait for Fermi to come out to get better prices and more choices.

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc Black DVD-RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

OS: Windows 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

Mouse: Logitech SBF-96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104026

And this all comes to about $864 with shipping and tax.

Changes for an AMD build:

CPU: Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4950609&sku=A79-0965

Mobo: MSI NF750-G55
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5019772&sku=M452-6065

Coming to $777 with shipping and tax

Thanks in advance.

*Changed HDD, PSU, added CPU Cooler and updated prices

*Added Combo for CPU and Cooler, updated prices

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January 16, 2010 10:17:32 PM

Here are a few thoughts for you to consider:

You should consider adding a heat sink fan to your processor. The Intel stock CPU cooler is noisy and offers minimal heat removal. The Hyper 212 is only $30, and it is quiet and has very good cooling capabilities.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You should also consider upgrading your motherboard to the -E model that has USB 3.0:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For $10 more you get USB 3.0 that will become the new defacto standard within six months. If you plan to crossfire, you will have to upgrade to the PRO model.

The GTX 260 graphics card is an older design and is a power hog. The new ATI 5770 uses considerably less power, and is faster.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you can afford it the 5850 by itself beats many cards in crossfire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I prefer not to crossfire because of the added complexity and some compatibility problems with some games.

Your case is an excellent choice. Consider switching to a Samsung F3 drive because it is cheaper and faster than a WD.

The Corsair 750TX is excellent. It doesn't hurt to have the extra power, but a 500 W power supply would be adequate for a single graphics card (5770 or 5850), and 600 W is adequate for two graphics cards. Check out the prices on any of the Corsair or Antec power supplies just before you buy, and get whatever one is on sale. You could use the PSU savings to upgrade your graphics card. Just a thought.

Good luck with your build.
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January 16, 2010 10:48:25 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I'm not too worried about usb 3.0, because I'm not going to get anything that would take advantage of it for quite a while.

I would have about $210 to spend on a GPU after I get the CPU cooler. What cards would you recommend around that price range?
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January 16, 2010 11:01:12 PM

The ATI 5770 is about $165, and the 5850 is about $290 (see my links above).

NVidia will be coming out with their new graphics cards this spring or summer, and I suspect they will have something that will compete with the new ATI cards I listed above. But right now the new ATI cards are hard to beat for a performance / price ratio.

Best regards.
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